We had our first baby, Coleman, almost 6 years ago. Just 16 months later he was joined by a new little sister, Emmie. (I knew you could get pregnant while nursing, just didn’t think it would happen since it had taken us a while to get pregnant with our first – but it’s all about God’s sovereignty anyway - but that is another post for another day). Those were some busy and tiring days. Two in diapers and a 16-month old doesn’t make much of a ‘helper’.
Two years later, Calvin joined us. Coleman himself had just turned 3. I have heard Mom’s of many say that it’s the hardest when you have 3 that are 3 and under. Those too were some tiring days. At first – all 3 were still in diapers, but it wasn’t long until that changed. Daddy took off work and by George, we were going to potty train somebody, anybody. Coleman finally got the hang of it after a lot of hard work. Then little Emmie pretty much trained herself (we were due an easy training experience at this point)!
Most of you know that we are now expecting our fourth, probably at the end of April. (Calvin will be 3 in July – notice a pattern? They’re getting further apart!) I realized that my 2 oldest are big enough to be ‘real’ helpers this time. We have started on working on some things, like bringing Mommy diapers and wipes as well as throwing out dirty diapers. I am teaching them to make waffles in the toaster because well, you can have waffles for breakfast, lunch, and supper right?
But I am far more excited about the biggest milestone that we reached this past week. Coleman and Emmie are both buckling themselves in the car! How much easier to go somewhere and only have to buckle in one child (at least for now)? Not to mention that it was hard to help the one in the back of the van because of my expanding belly. I truly feel like we have arrived … not sure where we’ve arrived but we have arrived somewhere. I do want to treasure this time while they are little but these times of growth and independence are nice too!
Want to go for a ride?